Top 10 Australia Revelry On this week 19/04/2020 (COVID-19 EDITION)
There are ways to alter your consciousness that don’t involve chasing your roommates around with an axe.
10) Shut In and Sing: Smithsonian Folkways Takeover with Kaia Kater and Los Texmaniacs
What: Banjo-playing Americana artist Kaia Kater and conjunto Tejano band Los Texmaniacs will be live-streaming a 2 hour intimate concert in aid of musicians struggling from the repercussions of the virus.
Why: A band to add to your referential gamut whose style involves slightly elaborate pronunciation? You don’t need to learn another language or better yourself beyond a facile level. Just site the genre ‘conjunto Tejano’ and people will buy you’ve used your isolation for intellectual betterment. Or they’ll avoid ever striking up a conversation with you again. Either way it’s a win.
9) All-Day Festival
What: Experience a live streamed experimental music festival from the artists abode across the UK. Challenging isolation with live performances from sonic adventurers across the UK! Featured artists include: Lou Barnell, Graham Dunning, Sam Enthoven, Harmegeddon, Isn’tses, Tim Flitcroft, Oily Frog, Kamura Obscura, Stewart Keith, Martin Lau, Lydia Musonic, Helen McCookerybook, The Oneirologist, Rotten Bliss, James Shearman, Sparkes & (Ian) Thompson, Monika Tobel, Karina Townsend, Kitsune Tsukai & Noro-Nebulae.
Why: There’s nothing like experimental orchestral music to remind you what tedium used to be.
8) Shut In and Sing with Anthony D’Amato, Liz Longley, Chris Freeman, Oshima Brothers
What: Anthony D’Amato acclaimed indie musician and Bright Eyes collaborator, Liz Longley award-winning Nashville indie singer-songwriter, Chris Freeman of folk-rock band Parsonsfield and dreamy contemporary-folk artists the Oshima Brothers will be live-streaming a 2 hour intimate concert in aid of musicians struggling from the repercussions of the virus.
Why: It’s important to remember that the whole world hasn’t paused production. That indie band cloning machine is still spitting out viral sensations like a racist meth head.
7) SPACE: Laura Burhenn
What: SPACE will be livestreaming an intimate set by Laura Burhenn of American indie pop band The Mynabirds. Experience her unique style of “blue-eyed soul with an indie attitude” live.
Why: Remember what free-to-air TV natural gas company and Nutella ads used to sound like before the age of COVID-19 with Laura Burhenn.
6) Digital Dragfest: Snatch Game Day
What: Come and join the stars – old and new – of Drag Race as they bring back their “Snatch Game” characters! Game Day will feature Ginger Minj, Baga Chipz, Alexis Michelle, Kennedy Davenport, Bob the Drag Queen, Alaska, Trinity the Tuck, Nina West, Jinkx Monsoon and Sharon Needles.
Why: Experience an entire day of exaggerated, slightly embarrassing improv upon which your close friend or loved one’s ego does not rest.
5) Under One Roof
What: North Carolina Arts Council, ComeHearNC.com and CLTure present Under One Roof, a livestream benefit concert for North Carolina artists. The event will feature North Carolina musicians spanning multiple genres and generations, including Anthony Hamilton, 9th Wonder, Ben Folds, The Hamiltones NC, Petey Pablo, Tift Merritt, Jim Lauderdale, Steep Canyon Rangers, Chatham County Line, Joe Troop of Che Apalache, Harvey Cummings II, and more! Under One Roof will bring together some of North Carolina biggest names in music to aid the community in these unprecedented times.
Why: One of these bands collaborated with Steve Martin. We’re not going to tell you which. You’ll just have to listen to all of them to find out. Including Harvey Cummings II.
4) Room Service
What: With cancellations of large scale entertainment events due to COVID-19, digital music festival Room Service is bringing back the festival experience to quarantined music lovers around the globe. The concert will feature performances by Yungblud, Channel Tres, Pink Sweat$, Chromeo, Zeds Dead, Borgore, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Gallant, Griz, Mt. Joy, Trevor Daniel, RAC, Jeremy Zucker, Shallou & more. Proceeds from the event will go directly to COVID-19 relief efforts, including Sweet Relief and Feeding America.
Why: If you identify with this lineup, good luck with the singularity, and try not to f*** everything up like we did.
3) Square Garden
What: 100 gecs is hosting a virtual festival experience: Square Garden. The festival will take place in a unique Minecraft world and feature artists like Charli XCX, Dorian Electra, Kero Kero Bonito, Cashmere Cat, Benny Blanco, Tommy Cash and more. The festivities will take place on 100gecs.com with all donations set to benefit Feeding America.
Why: Here’s your chance to prove that the only good thing about festivals isn’t the MDMA. Go on. We dare you to listen to these guys sober.
2) JERSEY 4 JERSEY
What: The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund will be hosting JERSEY 4 JERSEY on Apple Music and AppleTV apps worldwide, on SiriusXM’s E Street Radio. A livestreamed concert to raise funds for those most affected by COVID-19. Halsey, Jon Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, SZA, Charlie Puth, Saquon Barkley, Tony Bennett, Danny DeVito, Whoopi Goldberg, Chelsea Handler, Kelly Ripa, Jon Stewart and more will be making appearances.
Why: What the world needs right now. More American accents projected around this giant communal abyss.
1) Higher Together: Sessions From Home
What: Experience the world’s biggest 420 celebration with Higher Together: Sessions from Home, featuring a DJ set and smoke session with Wiz Khalifa, Billy Ray Cyrus, Ari Lennox, Joey CoCo Diaz, Berner, an acoustic set and video premiere of Mama Kush and many surprise special guests.
Why: 420 ways to position yourself in relation to your screen so your activities, legal or otherwise, are not recorded in a way that could render you criminally liable for anything.